Health Education England


Why evaluate leadership development?

Our mandate to provide leadership development is clear. The NHS 5 Year Forward View states that the changes the NHS needs to make relies on the national leadership of the NHS acting coherently together.

In the field of leadership development, demonstrating impact and effectiveness can be very difficult, more work is needed to develop the capacity, capability and culture of evaluating the impact of our leadership development activity. By doing this, we will be able to ensure that interventions are evaluated well and that we use this knowledge to provide our future NHS leaders with the skills they need to help our patients stay as healthy as possible.

Our Vision

A culture of comprehensive and consistent evaluation is embedded into all NHS leadership development activity so that evaluation becomes everyone’s role.


In 2014, the Leadership Development Evaluation and Research group (the LeaDER Group) was formed in order to promote the formative evaluation of leadership development interventions commissioned and provided by the NHS Leadership Academy and Local Leadership Academies (LLAs).

The LeaDER group have created an evaluation framework document that outlines how practitioners can evaluate their activity. The framework offers guidance on what information should be collected, in what ways, at what times and from what people to ensure that the evaluation is reliable and valid. This framework had been tested by the National Leadership Academy and LLA’s during 2016/17 and will continue in 2017/18.

The Leadership Development Evaluation Framework

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